Watkins was a key player for The Bees last season, scoring 26 goals as they missed out on promotion against Fulham in the Championship play-off final.Villa manager Dean Smith has been determined to improve his striking options after his side only secured Premier League safety on the final day of last season.Watkins will be reunited with Smith, who signed the forward when he was Brentford manager, paying an undisclosed fee to Exeter City in July 2017.Smith’s side scored 41 top-flight goals last season, but only six came from forwards – including five from Brazilian striker Wesley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aston Villa are closing in on a club-record deal for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins after agreeing a fee of £28m which could rise to £33m with add-ons.Villa moved swiftly for the 24-year-old forward after failing in a bid to sign Callum Wilson from Bournemouth.The England striker preferred to make a £20m move to NewcastleUnited.
September 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Hosts Colorado State-Pueblo In Season Opener FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Saturday, Dixie State football commences its last season as an NCAA Division II member by hosting fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado State-Pueblo at Trailblazer Stadium.The Trailblazers are 2-11 all-time in season openers. This weekend commemorates the fifth time in their Division II history that Dixie State has started the season at home. The Trailblazers are 2-3 all-time in such games.The Trailblazers also welcome new head coach Paul Peterson, who went 18-4 at Snow College in three seasons at Ephraim.The Thunderwolves come into this season following an 11-2 campaign, which saw them go 9-1 in RMAC play en route to a conference title.They come into Saturday’s game at St. George as the No. 9 team in the nation in the Division II AFCA coaches poll.In July, at RMAC media day, the Thunderwolves were the media’s choice to repeat as conference champions.Symmetrically, Colorado State-Pueblo welcomes back 12 starters, six apiece on both offense and defense, from last season.Among the Thunderwolves’ returning statistical leaders from last season are senior tailback Austin Micci (873 rushing yards, 8 TD’s in 2018), senior linebacker Kyle Rosenbrock (17.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions in 2018) and senior defensive lineman Jackson Wibbels (11.5 sacks in 2018).The Trailblazers finished 2018 with a 7-4 record, including a 7-3 mark in RMAC play and return nine starters on offense, seven on offense and two on defense.Among Dixie State’s returning stars are senior tailback Sei-J Lauago (a team-best 1,132 all-purpose yards along with eight touchdown runs) and redshirt senior Dejuan Dantzler (46 rec, 932 yards, 7 TD’s in 2018). Written by Tags: Austin Micci/Colorado State-Pueblo/Dejuan Dantzler/Division II AFCA/Dixie State Football/Jackson Wibbels/Kyle Rosenbrock/NCAA Division II/Paul Peterson/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Sei-J Lauago Brad James